4:16 AM 2/18/2022
Catering for Weddings and Parties are provided by many catering service providing companies and star class hotels in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile there are many popular individual cooks too are available here. Prices may vary according to the kind of meat, vegetables dishes and to the number of guests attending the function. If you want to order Turkey, Lamb, Paneer or Cashew curry the price may go little higher. Catering service providers request to meet their minimum number of guest requirement. Otherwise if they are providing outdoor service you will have to pay for the transport service and other essentials as extra. At Concord Grand Hotel, Dehiwala a course is priced at Rs 2,000/- where order needs 30 minimum guests. In some wedding halls, vegetarian lunch providers require 100 minimum plates order. If the order is for less than 100 guests, then many kinds of charges will apply. At large Hotels their used to be a corner cooking spot in the dining hall where the staff will fry shrimps, Sausages, devilled chicken, and used to warm up BBQ in front of the guests. In the year 2021 Sri Lanka Government had lost its main income and the country is struggling with economy failure. Due to this Vegetable and rice prices had gone up. Also the price of the Basmati and Samba price had seen a large price increase. So the wedding lunch or dinner will be priced at a greater price (One or two folds from the previous year price) which will give a great burden to the Tamil Bride's family. Let’s see what is there for the young people who are going to marry in this year 2022 and how they are going to pay for the wedding lunch and dinner packages.
Sri Lanka wedding is to announce everybody that the Bride and the Groom had legally and according to their religion had married. In Hindu religious ceremony, all the visitors are welcomed and served with Beatle leaf, Beatle nut, white lime (chunnambu) along with chewing tobacco. Later cool drinks, tea or coffee is used to be served to the guests with specially made wedding short eats (Palakaram). In Jaffna wedding Halls they used to serve guests with their own drinks that are made by their staff. Also the wedding Halls there used to charge a hall rental package along with guest's meal packages depending on the number of guests.
The next important thing of the wedding is to get the blessing from the visitors. According to Tamil culture the Bride family will provide meals for the wedding guests. Once the wedding ceremonies are over, Brides father will present water in a small brass pot to all the visitors to clean their hands and to join for Lunch. Normally weddings take place in the day time to serve the people with lunch. In the Srilanka Hindu marriages, the "Manamedai" where the marriage ceremony takes place is being looked as a worshiping place, so, non- veg food will not be served after the matrimony ceremonies.
In the Jaffna weddings, a long mat (Panthip pai) will be laid down. Guests will take their seat there, then they will be served with drinking water in silver tumblers. Then banana leaves will be placed in front of the guests to serve the meals. Salt will be served first in little amount by the servers. Then the rice will be served by the spoon minimum three times for each guest. Following the rice, vegetable curries will be served one by one to all the guests. Papadam and fries too will be served. Finally Mysoor Dhal -"Mysoor Parippu" will be served with cow ghee. Later payasam, vadai and banana will be served to the guests. Some places they serve ice cream in cups along with Beeda.
"Drum stick and tapioca are not served in the wedding as curries. On the second serving of rice they will add hot chili sauce and rasam or coconut milk spiced water. Finally Sweet "payasam","Vadai" and Banana will be served to finish the servings. The wedding food is called "aru suvai unavu", it means There will be minimum 6 kinds of tasty Items. Village Catering Village Catering Village Catering
In the Jaffna district there are many cooks available with their own team. They used to visit homes with their utilities for cooking. Their foods are delicious and are well remembered by the guests. Many villages houses used to keep bigger cooking pots that are used to cook rice for 100 people at a time and can cook curry in large amount. Also they kept curry serving pans buckets and spoons.
Some houses kept narrow longer mats where at a time nearly 50 persons can sit and dine on the banana leaves. In these villages when a wedding take place all relatives get together and cook foods for the wedding guests.
In Colombo city, there is plenty of catering service providers available. Even some 5 Star hotels too provide outdoor catering service in Colombo. They take care of everything from serving food to cleaning the plates and pans. They used to bring warm food in silver containers to the venue in vehicle with serving pans, plates, spoons etc. It will be placed as Buffet at the venue. This saves the families of the Bride and bridegroom a lot of work. Some time it makes them nervous too, if the service didn't reach in time to the wedding hall due to the city traffic. It's better for you to tell them about this problem and be prepared for it.
There are companies that used to rent chairs, wedding chairs, Tents, Plates, Glasses, Wash Basins and other party items on, daily rental basis.
Due to Corona virus infection here is a limitation on the numbers of Guests attending parties and other gathering. Also the guests too must wear facial masks and must maintain social distancing. At the entrance they must use the disinfection and other hand washing system before entering the halls or function place.
You can have your children's birthday parties in many small hotels and Banquet halls in Colombo and other important cities. Also you can approach Fast Food joints like KFC, Mac Donald’s, Pizza Hut and Domino to celebrate your child's birthday over there. These establishments provide every kind of assistance in making the Birthday party of the child a great one. Also there are catering service providers, Games and large toys rental service providers too are available for children's Birthdays at homes. Balloons, Helium gas filled Balloons and cartoon costumes too are available for the birthday Parties. Most of the people used to celebrate their baby's first Birthday as a grand event in Sri Lanka.